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SQL Server FAQ - COLLATE - Specifying Collations for Character Data Types

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How To Specify the Collation for a Character Data Type?

If you do not want to use the default collation provided by the SQL Server, you can use the "COLLATE collation_name" clause to specify a different collation to be used at different levels:

  • Database Level - Used in CREATE DATABASE or ALTER DATABASE statements to set a new default collation for the entire database.
  • Table Column Level - Used in CREATE TABLE or ALTER TABLE statements to override the database default collation for this column.
  • Character String Expression Level - Used at the end of the expression to cast the expression to the specified collation.

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  1. What Is a Constant or Literal?
  2. How To Write Character String Constants or Literals?
  3. What Is a Collation?
  4. How To Specify the Collation for a Character Data Type?
  5. What Happens If Strings Are Casted into Wrong Code Pages?
  6. How To Find Out What Is the Default Collation in a Database?
  7. How Fixed Length Strings Are Truncated and Padded?
  8. How To Enter Unicode Character String Literals?
  9. How To Enter Binary String Literals?
  10. How To Enter Date and Time Literals?
  11. Why I Can Not Enter 0.001 Second in Date and Time Literals?
  12. What Happens If Date-Only Values Are Provided as Date and Time Literals?
  13. What Happens If Time-Only Values Are Provided as Date and Time Literals?
  14. What Are Out-of-Range Errors with Date and Time Literals?
  15. What Happens If an Integer Is Too Big for INT Date Type?
  16. How Extra Digits Are Handled with NUMERIC Data Type Literals?
  17. How REAL and FLOAT Literal Values Are Rounded?
  18. What Are the Underflow and Overflow Behaviors on FLOAT Literals?

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